Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jessa Gagne
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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Stonehill College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessa Gagne
Energy Manager
Operations & Finance
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

In each monthly meeting of the Environmental Stewardship Council (ESC), updates on sustainability programs, events and initiative on campus are shared. Below are just a few of the successful outcomes of the ESC.

Signing of the Real Food Campus Commitment in April 2015 whereby Stonehill pledged to source 20% of its food from "real" food sources (locally grown, sustainably produced, humanely raised, and fairly traded).
Recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships for Stonehill's commitment to energy efficiency and collaboration with National Grid by being awarded a Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency award.
Electric car charging stations added at the Sports Complex.
A new system enabling students to return reusable to-go containers at the Library and the Dining Commons to minimize use of disposable containers.

As of the 2013/2014 academic year all student billing is now on-line and completely paperless.
New on-line teacher evaluation process implemented
The 2.7 megawatt solar field came online in July 2014. It is the 11th (tied) largest solar installation on a college campus nationwide.

Zipcar delivered two new cars to campus – “Wingnut” and “Shawmutt”. Membership reached 143 users. Utilization rate is up 20%.

Turtle Crossing Signs installed. The signs are a way to call attention to the wildlife on campus.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Environmental Stewardship Council (ESC) Mission:

The mission of the council is to foster proactive, environmentally sustainable policies, approaches, and practices by the campus community that are consistent with Stonehill's mission, guiding principles, and student learning goals and outcomes.


Develop and maintain a plan of environmentally sustainable goals, objectives, and action plans based on approved policies and practices and consistent with the College's mission, guiding principles, and policies.
Formulate, review, and recommend environmentally sustainable and fiscally sound policies and practices.
Define instructional space on campus that must remain in its natural state for teaching and research purposes.
Promote environmentally conscious activities on- and off-campus.
Oversee the Green Fund and award funding to qualified candidates.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

The Environmental Stewardship Council:
The council includes two faculty members, two students, including the president of Students for Environmental Action (SEA), and at least one representative from each administrative division of the college. The council currently consists of:

Andy Anderson, Res. Life
Bruce Boyer, Facilities
Nicole Casper, Archives
Kim Cordeiro, Mission
Doreen DelMonaco, Student Financial Services
Kathy Falcone, Human Resources
Connor Hilbie '16
Tony Martucci '18
Bridget Meigs, Academic Faculty
Sue Mooney (Chair), Academic Faculty
Cheryl Schnitzer, Academic Faculty
Geoff Smith, Marketing
Maura Tyrrell, Academic Faculty
Emily Van Auken '18
Kim Wheeler, Advancement
Greg Wolfe, Purchasing
Other attendees: Craig Binney (AVP for Finance and Operations), Deb Carpenter (Operations), Jessa Gagne (Energy Manager), Bob MacEachern (Building Services), Tom McGrath (Information Technology), David Miller (Dining Services), Kelley Reardon, '15, Paul Ricci (Ground Operations)

The Green Executive is a more student-focused committee on campus that meets monthly to discussion campus initiatives regarding sustainability. It is monitored by Farm Manager and professor Bridget Meigs. Members include the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Chair of Programming Committee, SGA Programming EcoRep, and student representatives from the following groups: ENACTUS (activism), Food Truth, Sodexo (dining services), Students for Environmental Action (SEA), Mindful Living, and Lead4Justice/Diversity.

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Department of Operations provides the Stonehill College community with superior services, safe and modern facilities, and a healthy environment through a commitment to efficiency, sustainability, and excellence on the part of each of our employees. The Department strives to provide the optimal environment for the College to achieve the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and public service activities.
Sustainability is part of the Operations Office of the College which employs an Energy Manager and Sustainability Intern, tracks all utility usage, and is actively involved in the activities of the Environmental Stewardship Council.

The Department is a full service organization comprised of Facilities Management, Energy & Sustainability, Purchasing, Conference & Event Services and Auxiliary Services. Each of these areas provides services to the campus community in support of the overall mission of the College.

The Department of Operations is part of the Finance Division and falls under the responsibility of the Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jessa Gagne, Energy Manager; Sustainability Intern (varies each year)

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Jessa Gagne, Energy Manager: manages the energy systems on campus to ensure that they are as efficient as sustainable as possible
Sue Mooney, Environmental Studies Program Director: manages academics relating to the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs
Bridget Meigs, Faculty/ Farm Manager: manages the Farm at Stonehill and teaches classes relating to sustainability on campus
Morgan Johnson and Kelley Reardon, Co-Presidents of Students for Environmental Action: Meet once a week with Students for Environmental Action and organize sustainability related student events and initiatives.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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